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From the Jumpseat: Advanced Basics

01/26/2009
Part 20by Mark CotterBasic does not mean simple. In the fire service, often-heard training mantra, "Get back to basics" recognizes that we must continually practice the fundamental skills and maintain our proficiency in them. I don't dispute this point, just the approach often used to carry it out.For example, I just completed another mandatory annual topic review for my employer, covering "basic" concepts and practices that I must follow daily and maintain proficiency in. Despite the effort and expense, however, the organization and I were little improved. Apparently, some believe that "required" classes need not be engaging or even interesting. However, all captives, even audiences, hav...

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